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Waiting Room Toys

Alycia Shapiro

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Ever experience the result of a terribly bored Child at the dentist or doctor's office while waiting for an appointment? I think we all have memorable moments of this and have started to search for just about anything to entertain our children with to help ease these moments of impatience. A child not having anything to stimulate their imaginations with, or physically occupy their levels of energy, is like trying to run a car with water. It just doesn't work. The difference between the car and the child is quite simple, the car doesn't make shrilling, whining, noises and run around the building, it just stops. Unlike a child that keeps going and going and going, like the Eveready bunny. Until they find something that entertains them for the time being kids are going to try and entertain themselves.

This makes “waiting room toys" a life saver for parents and others throughout the office where children will frequently be sharing that same waiting room as adults. These toys can also help the child forget about the experience they are about to encounter, especially if it's with a doctor or dentist. Not many children like these type of visits so placement of furniture and a children's toy are of extreme importance to both the parents and the doctor who will be attending to the child. There are hundreds of places waiting room furnishings and toys make sense. For the same reason drive-ins had playgrounds this concept can be expanded across many types of business. When dad has to take the car in for an oil change, tax season at the accountants, the lawyer's office, even shopping malls have started to see the need for supplying a place that occupies our children while Mom and Dad can rest from all the heavy shopping.

Give a child his and her own table and chairs to sit in, a few good books to open up and fall into, along with an array of intriguing puzzle games, that both occupy and stimulate that range of curiosity and need to explore are accomplished, and you also fulfill your requirement for an entertaining lobby that is fun for both kids and parent. Most importantly the children are engaged in what is now a pleasurable, hopefully memorable experience that they will look forward to next time, should the visit be with the dentist or doctor. How much more business do you think these establishments would attract for offering yet one more service. An important one at that!

Imagine, an architect's office with a 160 Piece Set of Premium Foam Wonder Blocks. A car dealership or mechanics shop with the dashboard driving wall panel toy, or a clothing outlet that offered an area for kids to play dress up in. How about the Noah's Ark Table and 4 Chair set in a veterinarian's office. The set is not only fun, it's educational. The wonderful soft colors and animal themed chairs will tempt any young child to indulge in that fantastical imaginary. The Smiley Tooth Activity Table is perfect for every dentist's office and helps children learn about the importance of taking care of our teeth at the same time. Other big hits are Choo Choo Tracks Magnetic Marble Maze, School Days Double Sided Magnetic Marble Maze, Magnetic Sea Life Handheld, just to name a few. And what waiting room would be complete without some learning blocks to satisfy the future builders of the world. Where would you shop with your children?

Alycia Shapiro is Vice President in charge of product development for SensoryEdge. As the mother of a special needs child, she has advocated for therapy services and seen how early intervention makes an incredible difference. You can visit her website to learn more about waiting room toys and play tables.


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